Monthly Archives: January 2012

February 8: Meira Cook, Dani Couture, and Sarah Pinder

It’s true: February is the coolest month here at Pivot, and we’re bringing in the ladies to prove it! All the way from Manitoba, prairie girl poet Meira Cook (A Walker in the City) joins Essex County sweetheart and novelist Dani Couture (Algoma) and from North-of-Algoma, poet Sarah Pinder (Cutting Room). Yes yes yes, these ladies all live in cities and what does geography have to do with it? Never mind. I had to get your attention somehow. See you on the 8th!

Meira Cook’s  poetry collections include A Fine Grammar of Bones (Turnstone 1993), Toward A Catalogue of Falling (Brick 1996), Slovenly Love (Brick 2003), and A Walker in the City (Brick 2011).  She has published a book of literary criticism, Writing Lovers: Reading Canadian Love Poetry by Women (McGill-Queen’s University Press, 2005), and edited and introduced a selection of Don McKay’s poetry entitled Field Marks: The Poetry of Don McKay (Wilfrid Laurier University Press, 2006).  Her poetry won first place in the CBC Literary Awards in 2007, has been published in The Best Canadian Poetry of 2008, and has been featured in Winnipeg Transit’s “Poetry in Motion” program.  She has been the Poetry Editor of Prairie Fire magazine and teaches creative writing classes at the University of Manitoba.  http://www.brickbooks.ca/?page_id=3&bookid=231

Dani Couture is the author of two collections of poetry: GOOD MEAT (Pedlar Press, 2006) and SWEET (Pedlar Press, 2010). SWEET was named one of Maisy’s Best Books of 2010 by Maisonneuve Magazine, was nominated for the Trillium Book Award for Poetry, and won the ReLit Award for poetry. In 2011, Dani also received an Honour of Distinction from The Writers’ Trust Dayne Ogilvie Grant.  Her debut novel, ALGOMA, was published in fall 2011 by Invisible Publishing.

Sarah Pinder lives in Toronto. A zine maker of more than a decade, her work has been shortlisted for the Expozine Small Press Awards and NOW Magazine’s Best of Toronto. You can find her writing in the anthology She’s Shameless, journals like Room, Canadian Woman Studies and invisible city, and Montreal’s Distroboto art vending machines. Her book Cutting Room is forthcoming with Coach House Press, in fall 2012.   http://bitsofstring.wordpress.com/


Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Meira Cook, Dani Couture, and Sarah Pinder
Wednesday, February 8
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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January 25: Robert Dayton, Andrew Faulkner, and Andrew McEwan

The excitement continues at Pivot as we welcome Robert Dayton (The Canadian Romantic), Andrew Faulkner (half of The Emergency Response Unit), and Andrew McEwan (the repeater). Come repeat some emergency romance with us at the Press Club!

Robert Dayton is a multidisciplinary writer, entertainer, and artist from BC who resides for the moment in Toronto. His work has appeared in Hunter and Cook, Carousel, The Toronto Onion, Roctober, Cinema Sewer, Paper Rodeo, Bananafish, as well as the book Lost In the Grooves and elsewhere. He originally came from a zine background in the early 90s, wrote a weekly newspaper column of ephemera that soon bordered on experimental fiction and non-fiction, and was a co-creator of the short-lived but well loved newspaper The Drippy Gazette. He is known for being in such curious musical acts as Wet Dirt, Canned Hamm and July Fourth Toilet, as well as acting in the films Male Fantasy, Ivory Tower, and Leslie My Name Is Evil. Robert’s most recent project is his series of videos and performances as the persona of The Canadian Romantic, a melodramatic figure of faded glamour who tries to bridge and explore the gap between Canada and romance with somewhat dubious results. This has now resulted in a  doll as well as an art book of pen-and-ink drawings and writings published by PITT studio/Publication Projects.

Andrew Faulkner lives in Toronto, where he curates The Emergency Response Unit, a chapbook press, with Leigh Nash. He also collects sky metaphors and their ilk at thebigceiling.tumblr.com and is a partner in the editorial services firm Re:word Communications.

Andrew McEwan is the author of repeater, forthcoming in the spring of 2012 from BookThug, and the chapbook Input / Output from Cactus Press. His writing was awarded the E.J. Pratt Poetry Medal. He is currently finishing his undergraduate studies at the University of Toronto, where he has been the Editor-in-Chief at the Acta Victoriana Literary Journal and Poetry Editor at The Hart House Review. repeater is his first book.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Robert Dayton, Andrew Faulkner, and Andrew McEwan
Wednesday, January 25
The Press Club
850 Dundas Street West
8 PM
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January 11: Michael Lista, Jacob McArthur Mooney and Paul Vermeersch

Hello, 2012! Come ring in the end of the world with A Very Special Pivot. Featuring Paul Vermeersch, Trillium nominee for last year’s The Reinvention of the Human Hand;  Michael Lista, author of Bloom; and, fresh from two seasons off in the world, the return of poet-and-blogger extraordinaire Jacob McArthur Mooney, author of Folk. Come raise your glass, or your eyebrows, or whatever else needs raising, and join us in celebrating these three gentlemen and the baby New Year.

Michael Lista is the author of Bloom. He is also the Poetry Editor of The Walrus, and he writes a popular monthly column, On Poetry, for the National Post.

Jacob McArthur Mooney moved back to Toronto last week after three months as the Pierre Berton Fellow in Dawson City, Yukon and three months drinking mulled wine in various cities around Europe. His second poetry collection, Folk, was released this year by McClelland & Stewart. Folk was shortlisted for the Dylan Thomas International Prize and named a Globe & Mail Top 100 Book of 2011.

Paul Vermeersch‘s latest collection of poems, The Reinvention of the Human Hand, was published by McClelland & Stewart in March 2010 and was a finalist for the Trillium Book Award. He is also the author of the poetry collections Burn (ECW Press, 2000), a finalist for the 2001 Gerald Lampert Award, The Fat Kid (ECW Press, 2002), and Between the Walls (McClelland & Stewart, 2005). He holds an MFA in creative writing from the University of Guelph, and his poems have been translated into Polish, German and French.  He lives in Toronto where he currently teaches at Sheridan College.

Pivot Readings at the Press Club
Featuring Michael Lista, Jacob McArthur Mooney, and Paul Vermeersch.
Wednesday, January 11
8 PM
850 Dundas Street West
PWYC
Hosted by Elisabeth de Mariaffi

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